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Coronado Playhouse Announces Auditions for its Production of:

Murder on the Orient Express

By Agatha Christie
Adapted for the stage by Ken Ludwig

Director: Tyler Richards Hewes
Producer: Kimberly King

Audition Date/Time:

Saturday, October 16 from 10AM-3PM

By appointment, in half hour slots.


Saturday, October 23 from 10-1PM by invitation only

Production Dates/Times:

March 18 – April 16, 2022
Thursday – Saturday 8pm, Sunday at 2pm.

To Reserve Your Audition Time:

Please click on the following link and complete the online submission form. Please attach your headshot and resume.

Note: If the slots are full, please check back regularly as openings do happen up until the audition dates.


Coronado Playhouse
1835 Strand Way
Coronado CA 92118-3005

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Audition Details:

For all roles: Prepare a 1-minute contemporary monologue.

You need to know your conflicts from January 16 through March 17, 2022 and these must be listed on the audition form. Audition forms will be emailed to you in advance. Please plan to bring your completed audition form, your headshot and your resume with you to the audition. Please ensure you do not have any performance date conflicts.

If you are asked to come to callbacks, you will be provided with sides from the show.



Details on COVID-19 precautions for auditions will be included in your confirmation email. Please expect to wear a face covering and maintain proper distance from the monitor, auditors and other performers. You may remove your mask while you perform your audition.

Rehearsals will begin Sunday, January 16 at 6PM. The rehearsal schedule will be provided in advance of the first read through. Typically, they are held Sunday through Wednesday evenings until the current show closes then may expand to other days of the week. Saturday daytime rehearsals are possible.

Please note:

No photos or video recording permitted during auditions or callbacks.

• Strictly a Non-Equity production. There is no pay.

Play description:

Just after midnight, a snowdrift stops the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train is surprisingly full for the time of the year, but by the morning it is one passenger fewer. An American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. Isolated and with a killer in their midst, the passengers rely on the famous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot to identify the murderer – before he, she or they decides to strike again. Everyone is a suspect in this celebrated mystery crime drama.

Ken Ludwig’s clever adaptation of the Agatha Christie classic boasts all the glamour, intrigue and suspense of Dame Agatha’s celebrated novel, with a healthy dose of humor to quicken the pace.

Cast List and Breakdown:

Performer Age Minimum – 18 years old

Coronado Playhouse practices conscious casting and encourages performers of all ethnicities, gender identities and persons with disabilities to audition for all shows. BIPOC performers are strongly encouraged to audition.

Note: All characters participate in fight choreography to a degree. All characters will participate in physical intimacy in that they will be in close physical proximity in train corridors, compartments, etc. Fight and Intimacy Choreographers will be utilized to plan each of these moments with actor safety and comfort as paramount concerns.

Hercule Poirot: The famous Belgian detective. Precise, intelligent, with impeccable taste and style. Age 40 to 60+

Monsieur Bouc: M. Bouc owns the Wagon Lit train service. He is a friend of M. Poirot and is aboard the Orient Express with him. He too is Belgian, middle-aged and of good humor.

Mary Debenham: English, in her late 20s to mid-30s. She is a governess and a paramour of Colonel Arbuthnot. Note: Character participates in physical intimacy.

Hector MacQueen: A beleaguered, nervous American in his 30s who travels with Mr. Ratchett as his secretary.

Michel the Conductor: Michel is the Wagon Lit conductor. He is a good-looking Frenchman, in his 40s, with a quiet, almost grave, sense of humor. Monsieur Bouc knows and trusts him.

Princess Dragomiroff: Russian, in her dotage, expensively dressed and heavily bejeweled. She has a strong Russian accent and an imperious manner.

Greta Ohlsson: Plain, middle-aged and Swedish. Her English is not good, but she speaks and understands French. Greta is a matron in a missionary school and a trained nurse.

Helen Hubbard: A self-privileged, middle-aged, outspoken American who is flamboyant and often demanding.

Countess Andrenyi: A brilliant young doctor who is always dressed to the nines. She looks quite exotic, speaks a little English and has a charming Hungarian accent and a warm smile.

Colonel Arbuthnot: An army officer with a Scottish accent who served in India. He is honorable and upright, if a bit rigid and, at times, dim. He has a romantic connection with Ms. Debenham. Note: Character participates in physical intimacy.

Samuel Ratchett: A brusque American business tycoon who is mysteriously murdered by being stabbed a dozen times in his locked train compartment.

Head Waiter / Ensemble: Plays the officious head waiter as well as roles to fill out the world of the play (including train personnel and passers-by). Will assist with moving set pieces and setting scenes.

Ensemble: Fills out the world of the play (including train personnel and passers-by). Will assist with moving set pieces and setting scenes.

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